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benthor

29 M Berlin, Germany

My Details

Last Online
Today – 6:59am
Orientation
Bisexual
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 4″ (1.92m)
Body Type
Fit
Diet
Mostly vegetarian
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Religion
Atheism
Sign
Capricorn, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Seeing Someone
Relationship Type
Offspring
Pets
Likes dogs and likes cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), German (Fluently), Norwegian (Poorly), Esperanto (Poorly), LISP (Fluently)

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My self-summary
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I view myself as an impulsive, adventurous, somewhat intelligent and nerdy individualist. I am not without a sense of aesthetics or style but I don't label myself as an artist per se. However, I buy into the hacker mindset, which might be equivalent to a point. In any case, I can create beautiful images or rather ugly programs (or both at the same time) when given access to a computer (or a camera for that matter).

I firmly believe that a relationship is best built upon a solid friendship in combination with mutual physical attraction. This is what consonanta and I are currently enjoying. Moreover, I don't think that monogamy has to be the only way for people to achieve fulfillment. (I might be biased however, since I rarely experience jealousy.)

I am on okcupid to make your life more interesting, in return for you enriching my view of the world. And the other way around.
What I’m doing with my life
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I used to be looking for a way back into science and academia, but I have now found a job in a small (but well-established) company that is just the right mix of fun, interesting challenges and awesome colleagues. It is not unusual that I end up spending 14 or more hours a day behind my desk. Ask me how I feel about it in a few months, but right now it's all sunshine and daisies.

(Still, if you hear of any PhD positions that might fit someone with a BSc degree in Cognitive Science and a MSc degree in Systems and Network Engineering, please send them my way. I also have a strong Computer Science background (but no degree).)

While I do enjoy my own company (and the company of books) a lot, I also have a more active life, involving weekly sessions of bouldering with a loose group of friends, attending various technical and philosophical meetups, learning to play go and going everywhere by bike or (soon) a combination of longboard and public transport.

And finally, last year I also took up paragliding and although I am still rather inexperienced I'm apparently not completely untalented.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
giving massages apparently.

Also, hitchhiking.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
is probably the fact that my hair is currently green.

According to consonanta I have a certain glint in my eyes which was the first thing she remembered noticing about me.

I have also been told that I am way more cuddly than I appear on first sight but I don't exactly go around and hug everyone who notices me. (Still have to try the "free hugs"-sign thing though...)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games Trilogy
Herman Hesse - Der Steppenwolf, Siddharta
Neal Stephenson - Anathem, Snow Crash, Diamond Age
Terry Pratchett - The Long Earth (with Stephen Baxter), Thief of Time, Night Watch, Thud, Hogfather, Going Postal, Making Money, ...
Simon Funk - After Life
Vernor Vinge - A Fire Upon The Deep, A Deepness In The Sky
Haruki Murakami - 1Q84 (all 3 books)
Neil Gaiman - American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Sandman
Friedrich Nietzsche - (Also sprach) Zarathustra
Greg Egan - Permutation City
George Martin - A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords
Peter Watts - Blindsight
EYudkowsky - Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR), The Sword of Good, Three Worlds Collide, The Finale of the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover
Frank Schätzing - Der Schwarm
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Tolkien - The Hobbit, The Return of the King
Stanislaw Lem - The Futurological Congress
Charles Stross - Accelerando, Halting State
Goethe - Faust
Cory Doctorow - Little Brother
Douglas Adams - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland
Alastair Reynolds - Revelation Space
Robert Anton Wilson - Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy
Daniel Suarez - Daemon, Freedom
Frederick Forsyth - The Negotiator, The Devil's Alternative
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince
Frank Herbert - Dune
Ted Chiang - Stories of Your Life and Others
Kafka - Die Verwandlung
Arthur C. Clarke - 2001: A Space Odyssey
Patrick Süßkind - Das Parfum
Isaac Asimov - Nightfall, I, Robot, Foundation
Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Jules Verne - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Astrid Lindgren - Kalle Blomquist (i.e., Bill Bergson)
Bill Watterson - Calvin and Hobbes
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
Walter Moers - Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher
unknown - Beowulf
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Timur Vermes - Er ist wieder da
Ross Anderson - Security Engineering
plomlompom - Post-Privacy
Jostein Gaarder - Sophie's World
Douglas Hofstadter - Gödel, Escher, Bach
Robert Cialdini - Influence
AlexandraErin - Tales of MU

Do you notice a pattern here? Primer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Miss Sunshine, Matrix, District 9, Die totale Therapie, Fight Club, Blade Runner, Odyssey 2001, Coraline, Erbsen auf Halb Sechs, How to Train Your Dragon, Usual Suspects, The Borne Identity, Pulp Fiction, Children of Men, Harold and Maude, 12 Angry Men, Memento, Waking Life, Spirited Away, Amélie, Life of Brian, The Big Lebowski, Donnie Darko, Lola Rennt, Iron Sky, The Abyss, Léon: The Professional, A Scanner Darkly

With varying degrees of faithfulness: Game of Thrones, Futurama, Dr. House, Pioneer One, Monty Python's flying Circus and Southpark. Also, Daria.

In no particular order, Bach, Käpt'n Peng, Burzum, SoaD, Type O Negative, Rob Zombie, WIZO, Phonoelit, Alle Farben, KoRn, Rammstein, paniq, STS... in general, just show me something that you probably won't encounter on your average radio station but which has more than 100.000 likes on youtube and I'll probably find something to like about it as well. Once in a while I can have hours of fun dancing to drum&bass while at other times I like to headbang to a variety of metal styles. I am also of the opinion that dubstep doesn't necessarily suck, regardless of what southpark tries to tell people.

My current personal bubble: xkcd, smbc, reddit, lesswrong, soup, reddit, twitter, TED, fetlife, fefe, wikipedia, faz, zeit, spon, irc, xmpp, ssh, email.

Also, in order of preference and/or competence: Lua, go, Python, Scheme, bash, LaTeX, JavaScript, Perl, c.

I love Sushi and Indian food. Chinese not so much, Italian only sometimes, Norwegian dishes (or Scandinavian in general) can be awesome as well. I like to cook stews, mostly based on cabbage or lentils. And the existence of butter and (curd) cheese will probably forever prevent me from living a vegan lifestyle. (I don't have a total lack of egoism.) Finally, I have an above-average affection for uncooked vegetables.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
cuddling anyone who wants to be cuddled,
my hammock at night or with a book,
long conversations about arbitrarily deep or superficial topics,
time to sleep an hour longer,
my favourite neurotransmitters,
a towel, ignoring the rules
and a certain urge to get out there again and see more of the world
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Are the ideas of transhumanists brilliant or bogus? Is there a philosophical school of thought that would ring more true to me than utilitarian humanism?

What would happen to society if an unconditional income for any member is guaranteed and no one would have to work for a living but is still free to pursue all kinds of activities to make some extra money?

What would be the safest place on earth in the event of a global thermonuclear conflict?

How would I go about getting to the Amundsen-Scott research station on short notice?

What if Nirvana (in the nihilistic interpretation) actually makes sense as a goal state to a perfect consciousness? Would this impact attempts of creating a genuinely useful GAI?

What if (as somewhat of a corollary), the explanation of the Fermi paradox is that the philosophical "state of the art" of any (collection of) intelligent being(s) will inevitably reach a (global?) optimum of existential nihilism (or alternatively, "terminal hedonism") that eradicates any expansive momentum (or just the will to procreate), dooming the universe to remain a barren place with some rare and short-lived pockets of independently evolved life that never reaches beyond their home planet(s)?

Will mentioning Roko's basilisk openly on the Internet doom me to eternal torture by a future unfriendly artificial super intelligence and have I doomed you as well when you clicked the link?

How can taxonomists call my species "homo sapiens sapiens" with a straight face?

How do I convince you that, despite all this, I am actually a pretty cheerful and non-gloomy person?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
not having a typical Friday night and hanging out with Kurt Gödel. (See xkcd 468)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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is that I find the sight of a collar around a girl's neck enormously sexy (in a not necessarily sadistic sort-of way).
I’m looking for
  • Everybody
  • Ages 18–99
  • Located anywhere
  • For new friends
You should message me if
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your idea of a fun time together is walking around a city, flipping a coin at every intersection to decide where to go next until you are totally lost. Then trying to navigate by asking strangers for the direction of the South Pole.

If you'd join me in randomly interrogating people with headphones about what kind of music they are listening to on the subway.

If you don't have a profile picture.

If you would be up for walking around, wearing our left shoes on the right and our right shoes on the left foot and congratulating everyone who notices.

If you avoid treading on the cracks in the sidewalk.

If you have an absolute favorite book that you think every sentient being should have read but you can't find it on my list above.

If you'd like to break into public swimming pools, botanic gardens or locked parks at night and stay there till sunrise.

If you are operating by Crocker's Rules.

If improvising alcoholic cocktails, while discussing aspects of philosophy and getting steadily less sober doesn't sound scary to you.

If "living it" is not your only answer when I ask you "what are you doing with your life?"

If lying around together, each reading their current favourite book and quoting meaningful passages to each other, while outside the rain rages against the window panes sounds as romantic to you as it does to me.

If you can come up with more ideas like this.